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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series’ Illini 100 Weekend Cancelled

FARMER CITY, IL – April 13, 2018­– The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series’ Illini 100 weekend has been canceled due to heavy thunderstorms sweeping across central Illinois. The Illini 100 will not be rescheduled due to the World of Outlaws busy 2018 schedule of events. The World of Outlaws next event will be at Whynot Motorsports Park on April 19-20-21 for the inaugural Queen City Shootout.

Ticket holders for the Illini 100 will have 90 days to request a refund. You can call 844-DIRT-TIX if you have will call or you can mail your tickets back to the address on the back of the ticket. If you had camping through Farmer City Raceway please contact them by emailing

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NGK (Official Spark Plug), Sears (Official Home Store), TEXTRON Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle) ,VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), (Hard Charger Award) and PFC Brakes (Fast Time Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, , MSD, Penske Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

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World of Outlaws Welcomes NGK Spark Plugs as Official Spark Plug of Sprint Car and Late Model Series

CONCORD, NC — April 14, 2018 — The World of Outlaws is pleased to welcome NGK Spark Plugs as the Official Spark Plug of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series through 2019.

NGK Spark Plugs — the Ignition Specialist — is the world leader in OE spark plug technology for small engines to domestic and import automotive engines to performance racing engines. Matching the right spark plug to a specific engine type is critical for fuel efficiency and optimum power.

“Forming a partnership with NGK was a straightforward decision,” said World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler. “They have excellent products for our competitors, along with a strong involvement in motorsports. We look forward to having them join us in dirt track racing.”

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Six Weeks and Nearly $600,000 On the Line for World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models

Early season weather woes make for lucrative, action-packed April and May

CONCORD, NC– April 9, 2018– Mother Nature got the best of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in March, but with rescheduled events that means an even more eventful Spring! An impressive stretch of racing lies ahead of the Series with six non-stop weekends of racing visiting seven states. In six weeks’ time, the Outlaws, alongside local and regional drivers who are up for the challenge, will have a chance at claiming a piece of nearly $600,000 in total purse money.

It all kicks off with three huge weekends of double-header shows beginning with the 11th annual Illini 100 presented by Douglas Dodge at Farmer City Raceway on April 12-13-14. This staple event on the World of Outlaws schedule has become one of the most unique races of the season. With only 25 laps to get to the front, Friday’s thrilling $6,000-to-win Craftsman Club Feature leaves drivers no other choice but to floor it. The following evening the Outlaws will hit the iconic Illinois dirt track for the Illini finale, consisting of 75 laps paying $15,000 to win.

The Series will then head south to Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS on April 19-20-21 for the inaugural Queen City Shootout. This new event will feature back-to-back nights of complete 50-lap, $10,000-to win shootouts. Last season was the Series’ first-ever stop at the quarter-mile track known as the House of Hook. While many drivers are looking forward to returning, rookie of the year contender Timothy Culp is at the top of the list. Last year, Culp finished second in the feature behind the eventual 2017 Series Champion, Brandon Sheppard. Culp hopes to finish one spot ahead to propel his rookie campaign.

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Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway Postponed to April 27-28

CONCORD, NC – March 7, 2018 – Fans eager to attend the Tennessee Tipoff featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series this weekend at Smoky Mountain Speedway will have to wait a little longer than expected as track and series officials have postponed the event to April 27-28.
The Tennessee Tipoff will feature the same format originally planned for this weekend, including a night of practice on Thursday, April 26 followed by two complete programs on April 27-28. Both programs will feature a full slate of World of Outlaws time trials, heat races, Last Chance Showdowns and 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Craftsman Club feature races.
“We want our fans, drivers and sponsors to have the most enjoyable experience possible at all of our events, and with below freezing temperatures and expected rain for this weekend that expectation will not be met,” said Series Director Matt Curl. “With a reschedule date already in place for this event, we are going to utilize it in hopes of better weather to come on April 27-28.”

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Outlaws Prepare for First Stop in Illinois at Farmer City Raceway

Illinois-native Brandon Sheppard looks to capture third Illini 100 victory

FARMER CITY, IL- February 27, 2018- Illinois dirt tracks will play a crucial role in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series championship battle, beginning March 23-24 with the 11th annual Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway. Illinois-native Brandon Sheppard looks to capture his third Illini 100 victory during the first of three stops this season in the Prairie State.

The Illini 100 is one of the most anticipated Late Model events of the year with its unique format consisting of an always thrilling 25-lap Craftsman Club Feature on Friday, capped by the 75-lap $15,000-to-win event on Saturday.

Two full programs at the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval will bring the top late model drivers in the business to Farmer City. With a stout field of competition, only the best drivers have been able to etch their names on the winners list, including Billy Moyer (2008, 2010, 2013), Shane Clanton (2009), Jimmy Mars (2012), Shannon Babb (2014), Sheppard (2015, 2017), and Josh Richards (2016); winners of the 25-lap opening night event include Scott Bloomquist (2015), Richards (2016) and Brian Shirley (2017).

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King Gator: McCreadie Puts on a Clinic En Route to Big Gator Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 17, 2018 – Brandon Sheppard sailed to his first victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series 2018 season on the final night of the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals. The Rocket 1 Racing driver, of New Berlin, IL, stole the lead from Mike Marlar on lap 14 and never looked back. Similar to one night prior, Chris Madden waited until the end to make a serious charge for the lead but settled for second once again. Marlar collected his best finish of the week landing third. It was ultimately, Madden who wrangled the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.

Abbreviated World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Results:

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [2]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [18]; 5. 1r-Josh Richards [7]; 6. 1x-Chub Frank [27]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal [10]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [11]; 9. 9-Devin Moran [19]; 10. 39-Tim McCreadie [24]; 11. 25-Shane Clanton [23]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 13. 0-Scott Bloomquist [1]; 14. 18c-Chase Junghans [16]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [9]; 16. 54-David Breazeale [17]; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley [28]; 18. 2c-Joey Coulter [22]; 19. 31-Tyler Millwood [6]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [29]; 21. 75-Colton Flinner [30]; 22. 20-Jimmy Owens [13]; 23. 40B-Kyle Bronson [12]; 24. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [14]; 25. 72-Mike Norris [20]; 26. 116-Brandon Overton [25]; 27. 5-Don O’Neal [21]; 28. 49-Jonathan Davenport [15]; 29. C8-Timothy Culp [8] 

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DIRTcar Nationals Tuesday’s Program Rained Out

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 13, 2018 -Night eight of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park has been rained-out due to combination of heavily saturated grounds and an extended rainstorm that hit the area on Tuesday and a forecast of continued rain well into the evening.
The Super DIRTcar Series will begin their portion of DIRTcar Nationals on Wednesday, Feb. 14th.
The final portion of the DIRTcar Racing Late Model program will be canceled and not made up. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will begin their four-day program at DIRTcar Nationals on Wednesday, Feb. 14th.

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Volusia Speedway Park Ready to Celebrate 50 Years of Racing

50 Strong Years
Through countless transformations, Volusia Speedway Park has remained at the heart of racing

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 5, 2018 – When race fans make their annual visit to Central Florida in early February to kick off another race season, at first glance they may notice a new look to the storied facility which is home to the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, but that isn’t out of the ordinary at a speedway that has undergone numerous transformations throughout its 50 years of existence. One thing that won’t change are the 12 straight nights of racing action and the comradery that comes with it from February 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park.

When the gates swing open at Volusia Speedway Park for DIRTcar Nationals on the first Tuesday in February, the 2018 racing season will officially begin, and the World’s Fastest Half Mile will pop the top on the tracks 50th year of racing.

“There are not many marquee events that you can count on,” said retired NASCAR driver and dirt racing enthusiast Kenny Wallace. “You’ve got Eldora, Knoxville, World Finals – but DIRTcar Nationals is one-, two-week marquee event that you can count on. You know it’s going to be there every year.” Continue reading ‘Volusia Speedway Park Ready to Celebrate 50 Years of Racing’

World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series ChampionShepp

Brandon Sheppard earns Championship title, Devin Moran earns Rookie of the Year

CONCORD, NC-Nov. 7, 2017- Brandon Sheppard’s standout 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season officially came to a close on Nov. 5 at the annual banquet, where he was awarded the Championship title.
The 24-year-old from New Berlin, IL was rewarded with a $100,000 points-fund check, a black and red Craftsman toolbox, a championship ring, and the traditional World of Outlaws trophy for his record year.
Sheppard and the Rocket 1 Racing team were nearly unstoppable this season, totaling an impressive 18 wins, 37 top-fives, and 41 top-10 performances in 43 races, and collecting a total earning of $398,800 after the points-fund check.

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BShepp Brings Out the Broom

Three races. Three wins. 17 total for the season.

PARK CITY, KS- September 24, 2017- Brandon Sheppard brought out the broom on Sunday night at 81 Speedway after his third consecutive win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in just as many nights during the Great Plains swing. His winning streak started on Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, continued to Saturday at Salina Highbanks in Salina, OK, and concluded at 81 Speedway on SSunday eveningin Park City, KS.

Sheppard’s win at 81 Speedway marks 17 wins in the books for the dominate driver this season. He is now tied for second with Darrell Lanigan for most single-season wins putting him only one win behind the record set in 2016 by his predecessor in the Rocket No.1 , Josh Richards.

“Between Kansas and Oklahoma- man, some heck of some race tracks,” said Sheppard. “They have some really awesome race tracks out here. Kind of darker dirt which is more like what I’m used to so I guess I just fit right in.”

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Lucky No. 13

Brandon Sheppard leads all 40 laps to claim his 13th Series win this season

PORT ROYAL, PA- Aug 19, 2017- Brandon Sheppard claimed his 13th win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night by leading the field from flag-to-flag during the 40-lap $10,000-to-win event.
“Hats off to my guys,” said Sheppard. “They work really hard on this thing to give me a good car. It started getting black there in the groove and we stayed a little bit freed up in the cushion there, so I think a little bit of an adjustment would’ve been better. It was a little treacherous out there but nothing fell off of the car so good job to the team. I owe it all to them guys.”
The Late Model Series appearance at Port Royal was the first in nearly a decade with the last event held in 2008. The Saturday evening shootout was scheduled for racing to start at 7 P.M. but with storms passing through Pennsylvania including the greater Port Royal area, the evening events were shifted to a 10 P.M. start time.

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The Last Pass Through Pennsylvania

World of Outlaws head to PA for final time this season
CONCORD, NC- Aug. 7, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Series is on the downhill swing of the 2017 season and gearing up to hit the road back to Pennsylvania for four more shootouts.
Two weekends of back-to-back nights of racing await the Outlaws in PA, including Port Royal Speedway (Aug. 19), Eriez Speedway (Aug. 20), Lernerville Speedway (Sept. 2) and Selinsgrove Speedway (Sept. 3).
The Series has already made one stop at Lernerville Speedway this season for the storied Firecracker 100. Mother nature forced the Series to merge two separate show into one action-packed day during this year’s Firecracker 100. Current Series points leader, Brandon Sheppard, stole the matinee 30-lap Feature before Brandon Overton landed his second-ever Outlaws victory during the 100-lap Finale.

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Madden on the Money

Madden sweeps qualifying, heat race and feature at Cedar Lake Speedway
NEW RICHMOND, WI- Aug. 4, 2017- Rain on Thursday forced the inevitable merge of two programs into one actioned-packed Friday night under the lights at Cedar Lake Speedway for the USA Nationals.
Chris Madden swept the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series “matinee” event by turning the fastest lap on the track during qualifying, holding off charges from Scott Bloomquist during their heat race and defending the lead during the feature from Frank Heckenast Jr., Billy Moyer and Brandon Sheppard.
“This is one of biggest race we go to all year, I mean, it’s 50-grand,” said Madden.  “We’re excited to be up here and we’re happy to be back [at Cedar Lake]. We really like this place. Tonight, mother nature gave us a mud bowl but we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

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All 4 FALS

Four showdown features set the stage for the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic

FAIRBURY, IL- July 28, 2017- One of the most anticipated Late Model events in the country kicked off Friday evening at Fairbury American Legion Speedway with the running of the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic.

Friday’s portion of the two-day show topped the charts of the 2017 season with the most cars entered in a World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event with 65 Late Models in attendance. Late Model drivers from across the nation collided on the Fairbury, IL stage in hopes of walking away with a portion of the $93,000 purse.

Friday’s portion of the two-day show set the stage for the 100-lap main event on Saturday with four showdown features taking place. The top four drivers from each showdown secured their position in the Prairie Dirt Classic with the top two finishers headed to the redraw.
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The Push Toward Pennsylvania

Port Royal Speedway and Eriez Speedway

CONCORD, NC- July 27, 2017-Only two drivers remain from the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series original Dirty Dozen formed in 2004: Rick Eckert and Chub Frank. For 14 years the pair has traveled countless of miles around the nation visiting different tracks with the Series. On August 19 and 20 the Series will return to their home state of Pennsylvania for the second time this season for back-to-back races at Port Royal Speedway and Eriez Speedway.

“We usually have no help out on the road, so it is nice that when we race near home we will actually have a little more help than usual,” said Eckert. “It’s only about an hour and 10 minutes from my house, so that is the closest race we will run near home with the Series.”

Eckert only has one full-time crew member this season: Robert Miller. To put that into perspective, current points leader Brandon Sheppard has three full-time crew members (Danny White, Austin Hargrove, and Joel Rogers), as well as team owner and President of Rocket Chassis Mark Richards.

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Swinging Through Wisconsin

Series kick starts August with five races in five days
CONCORD, NC- July 17, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will head to Wisconsin to spearhead the month of August with an action packed first five days of the month. Two events back-to-back will be a nice tune-up leading into the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway for the biggest payout of the season- $50,000.
On the first of the month, the Outlaws will invade OshKosh SpeedZone Raceway for the first time in Series history. Only a few Outlaw drivers have ever made laps on the third-mile clay oval, but everyone is up for the challenge because the best drivers in the country have to be prepared for anything and be able to adapt to everything.
Rookie of the Year contender, Devin Moran, has visited several new tracks this season as the tour has taken him to parts of the country he has never seen. With 15 top-10 finishes, including one win and four trips to the podium, the young driver is making a name for himself all over the country as one of the next big names in the industry.

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Smoke on the Water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Chris Smokey Madden Grabs Back-to-Back Wins in Minnesota

OGILVIE, Minn.- July 12, 2017- Patience was the key to victory for Chris Madden at the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event at Ogilvie Raceway. Madden stalked his prey for 36 laps before making the pass for the lead.
“I can’t thank my guys enough that work hard on this thing to make sure nothing falls off,” said Madden. “We have some tough guys we race with out here. I love racing with Brandon [Sheppard]. He is a hell of a wheelman and that kids got a bright future ahead of him.”
Sheppard started on the pole for the 40-lap $8,000-to-win feature event thanks to a young fan that was selected to help with the redraw. Sheppard held on to the lead for the majority of the race despite lap traffic and getting into the wall on 20-lap bringing out a caution for debris on the track.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Set for Georgetown Speedway Debut Thursday, August 17; $10,000 to Win ‘Fulton Bank 40’

GEORGETOWN, DE – Thursday, August 17 will stand out in the storied history of Georgetown Speedway.

For the first time ever, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Models will invade the Sussex County half-mile oval for the ‘Fulton Bank 40’ paying $10,000 to win. Not only is this a first for the WoO Late Model competitors at Georgetown; there has never been a $10,000-to-win race at the storied facility.

Super Late Model racing has been highlighted during the past two seasons at Georgetown with a number of high-profile events including a visit by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, the year-end Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend and most recently the Independence Day Summer Classic.

Bringing in the WoO brand adds a marquee program for the division.

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Madden Claims 38th Annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway

Marlar impressively passes 19 cars to finish third

Spring Valley, MN- July 8, 2017- Chris Madden found his way to Victory Lane to claim his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win of the season during the 38th Annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway.
“We had a great car and I would like to thank my guys who worked hard this week to get this thing ready for me,” said Madden. “This win is for my crew member, Brian. His mom passed away earlier this week and he had to leave us.”
The 50-lap feature event saw three different leaders including Rodney Sanders, Devin Moran and Madden. Sanders held on to the lead for the first 22 laps of the feature before being passed by Rookie of the Year contender, Moran, who had made his way to the front from a fourth position start.

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Sheppard Excited to Return to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in the Rocket1

The Illinois-native looks forward to the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic

CONCORD, NC- July 4, 2017- The Prairie Dirt Classic is one of the most anticipated Dirt Late Model events of the season. Not only does the track produce great racing from start to finish (named the Dirt on Dirt Race of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015), the atmosphere at Fairbury American Legion Speedway for this event is unparalleled.

In 2013, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series partnered with Fairbury American Legion Speedway to boost the notable event to the next level by bringing the best Late Model drivers in the country to the Fairbury, IL stage. 

One year prior,  Brandon Sheppard sat behind the wheel of the Rocket 1 for Mark Richards Racing Incorporated at Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour; his last time at that track in the Rocket Chassis House Car.

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Way Out West

The Georgia Bulldog Looks to Repeat His Past Success in the Midwest

CONCORD, NC- July 3, 2017- On July 12 the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will head to Ogilvie Raceway for the second time ever. During the inaugural visit last year, 2016 Series Champion Josh Richards held off a late charge from 2015 Series Champion Shane Clanton, who found his way to second from a ninth-place start.

After the feature, Richards, who claimed his 10th win of the 2016 season, said, “I want to thank the track guys. It’s a beautiful facility, and I wasn’t expecting it to be this nice. It’s a great place to come.”

Clanton shook his head and smiled reflecting on the 2016 Outlaw race at Ogilvie. “It was close,” he said. “Ogilvie is a place you have to carry momentum to. You have to be so close to the wall without hitting it, and a couple of people did hit it. Luckily, I was just good enough to be close to the fence and not knock the deck out of it like two other guys did.”
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Max Blair Defends Home Turf at McKean County Raceway

Devin Moran and Brandon Sheppard round out the podium

SMETHPORT, P.A.- June 20, 2017- Max Blair defended his home state by maneuvering his way to his first-ever World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA during the Hamlin Lake 50.

The Pennsylvania-native was joined in Victory Lane by a fan club of family and friends who rushed the track for the celebration. After embracing the moment under a shower of confetti, Blair was seemingly at a loss for words trying to describe his first Outlaw win.

“I never would’ve dreamed this would have happened to me,” said Blair. “I don’t even know what to say. I am so pumped up. We destroyed our car a couple of weeks ago and we’ve been working really hard this week to get this thing turned around and ready. We were pretty excited to come here tonight but I didn’t really know what to expect. I can’t believe it. I really can’t.”
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Home Team Ready to Battle at 11th Annual Firecracker 100

SARVER, PA – June 20, 2017 – The upcoming 11th annual Firecracker 100 promises to deliver the goods when it comes the cream of the crop among Dirt Late Model’s finest drivers, as it does every year. The star-studded drivers’ list is once again choc-full of big names who have found Victory Lane in the sport’s biggest crown jewels. Many of those have done so on multiple occasions, including recent Dream 100 winner Scott Bloomquist – the only three-time winner of the Firecracker 100 – and two-time winner Jimmy Mars.

And as always, they’ll be among the favorites to take home the lion’s share of the $42,000 of top prize money as well, including the $30,000 winner’s share on Saturday, June 24. Throw in the current stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, including previous winners Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert, and Series points leader Brandon Sheppard, who has two Dirt Track World Championship trophies under his belt, and a big-name, money sweep looks all but certain coming into the festivities.

But the home team might have some other ideas, and the notion that they could make some serious noise on any or all of the nights of racing is not farfetched at all. Three prominent drivers indigenous to the hills and speedways of Western Pennsylvania, who currently call or formerly called Lernerville Speedway their home track will be in action. Points leader Michael Norris and former track champions Alex Ferree and Jared Miley will be looking to make history in front of their home track fans June 22-24. Norris perhaps comes in with the hottest hand, having ended the 2016 campaign on a high note that included his first career start in the World 100 at Eldora Speedway, where he opened the eyes of many that had not seen him before. He backed that performance up with a 10th-place finish at the Pittsburgher 100 at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania’s Motor Speedway in October, and has won three of the first four feature events at Lernerville this season.

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Making a Dream a Reality

Heckenast Siblings and Series Join Forces for FVP Outlaw Clay Classic

CONCORD, NC- June 16, 2017- Sherri Heckenast had a long-term goal of bringing short track racing back to the Chicago area, and this season she can mark that goal complete as the biggest dirt track racing series in the world will take her stage when the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series stop at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic on June 27-28.

When Heckenest set the goal for the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway, the track was primarily a demolition derby facility for Team Demo Association, an organization she bought eight years ago.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Takes on the Wild Midwest

Wild Midwest
Things are about to get wild as the Series hits five races at five different tracks during the Midwest swing
CONCORD, NC- June 15, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is approaching one of its toughest stretches of the season as they head to the Midwest for five races at five different tracks in a nine-day span, four of them within four days‘ time. The stretch includes Deer Creek Speedway on July 8, Ogilvie Raceway on July 12, Hibbing Raceway on July 13, River Cities Speedway on July 14 and North Central Speedway on July 15.
During last year’s Midwest swing, Tyler Erb had his best and most consistent run of his rookie campaign- racking up three six-place finishes and one seventh of his 10-total top-10s for the season (Mason City Motor Speedway, Deer Creek Speedway, Ogilvie Raceway, and Quincy Raceways). Additionally, by the looks of how the night started at River Cities last year, Erb could have potentially tacked on another top-10 as he set Fast Time before the event was called due to rain.
“We race all over the United States, but Deer Creek has to be one of my favorite tracks we go to,” said Erb. “I’m really looking forward to going back. Both Deer Creek and Ogilvie are tracks that I feel really comfortable on. We had a good run there last year, and I feel even more confident headed into that swing this year. I also know that guys like Devin [Moran] and [Chris] Madden don’t have much experience on those tracks.”

Driving Out Childhood Cancer

Kickball tournament and auction at Firecracker 100 benefit childhood cancer research

CONCORD, N.C.- June 14, 2017- For a World of Outlaw Craftsman® Late Model Series driver, life on the road turns into a rhythm, and within that rhythm it’s hard to find the moments to think about the things that matter most. At the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway drivers take the time, before taking the track, to raise money for something bigger: childhood cancer research.

Every penny raised from the driver kickball tournament and raffle-auction benefit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation for childhood cancer research. Both Outlaw and non-Series drivers donate racing paraphernalia – from t-shirts to car doors – to be auctioned off after the kickball tournament on Friday.

“For any driver, it always seems that our lifestyles are so fast and so crazy that anytime that anyone can kind of slow down and take a deep breath and make a difference in another person’s life is a good thing,” said the Rum Runner Racing No. 2 driver Joey Coulter. “It’s something I always have tried to do – especially when it comes to kids. it’s nice to help anyway that you can.”

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Third Annual Billy Clanton Classic

Outlaws invade Senoia Raceway for the first time on June 3

CONCORD, N.C.- May 31, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series heads to the state of Georgia for the final time this season for the third annual Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on Saturday, June 3. The Outlaws inaugural visit to the 3/8-mile bullring will include 50-laps and $10,025-to-win, in honor of the late Billy Clanton who drove the same number as Series regular Shane Clanton, No. 25

“My father used to go to Senoia every Friday night when we were kids because that track was one of the big deals,” said Shane. “They changed the track to asphalt and both of my brothers were asphalt racers and won a bunch of races down there. Since then they changed the track back to dirt. It’s given me the opportunity to race where my dad and my brothers have and I’ve had a lot of success there.”

Shane has won the past two Billy Clanton Classic events and looks to repeat his success this year when the Outlaws take the Senoia Raceway for the first time.

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Drivers Vying for Big Pay Day at Firecracker 100

Three nights, three complete shows on tap at Lernerville Speedway June 22 – 24

CONCORD, N.C. – May 19, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set for three-days of action-packed racing at the 11th Annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24.
Each year the Firecracker 100 has continued to be a crown jewel event in dirt Late Model racing. With its big pay day, it’s one of those marquee events that drivers circle on their calendars. Drivers will compete in three-nights of non-stop, side-by-side racing at the high-banked 4/10-mile Lernerville Speedway.
In addition to the hot action on the track, the Firecracker 100 includes an incredible array of family-friendly events that allow fans of all ages to interact with their favorite drivers. All drivers have been invited to participate in the a kickball tournament – a charity kickball tournament organized by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Proceeds will go to children’s cancer research. Stick around after the kickball tournament and pick up a piece of racing memorabilia at the raffle/auction from one of your favorite drivers.

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Mike Marlar on a Mission at Duck River Raceway Park

Lands Second-Ever Series Win; Both in Home State of Tennessee

WHEEL, T.N.- May 14- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series wrapped up a two-day swing through Tennessee at Duck River Raceway Park on Mother’s Day. Tennessee-native Mike Marlar wheeled his way to victory lane to claim his second-ever Series win.
“I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” said Marlar. “I don’t get to do it a lot but when they come to Tennessee or sometimes I will venture out and go racing with them. They are an awesome group of guys to race with… It’s fun to go racing at a top level like this.”
Marlar drove throughout the night after a racing in Illinois to take on the Outlaws in his home state. Luckily for him, the long haul paid off; $10,000 to be exact.

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Price-Miller Captures First Career Victory at Tri-State Speedway

Gravel and Johnson round out the podium
Haubstadt, IN, – May 15, 2017 – All the stars aligned at Tri-State Speedway for Parker Price-Miller. Inheriting the lead on Lap 18 after Sheldon Haundenschild ran into a slower car in lap traffic, causing him to do a complete 360, Price-Miller had to endure challenges from last year’s Tri-State Speedway winner, David Gravel. Meticulously working his way through lap traffic, Price-Miller picked the best lanes and would go on to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series race.
Starting the season out at DIRTcar National at Volusia Speedway Park in February and continuing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour through mid-April, before eventually dropping off full-time, Price-Miller knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.
“We knew going into the season we were going to get our butt-kicked,” Price-Miller said about starting the season with the World of Outlaws. “But this was going to make us better as a team. This surely has paid off making me better as driver, getting our car better and making us overall better as a unit.”

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